This fall, as students go back to school – in-person and online – colleges and universities are facing a new set of challenges. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, what is the future of higher education in Germany and the United States? Join 1014 and ACG for a discussion with German and American educators and students to learn about how colleges and universities adapt – with possibly long-lasting changes that will shape higher education for years to come.
Dr. Diana Canay (invited), research assistant and deputy of the Diversity Officer, Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel
Carson Crochet, a Davidson College Junior, who works on the College Crisis Initiative
Dr. Chris Marsicano, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Educational Studies, Davidson College
Dr. Uta G. Ploiger, Dean, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; Professor of History, Northeastern University
Dr. Diana Canay is a Research Assistant for the German Department and Deputy of the Diversity Officer at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel. She completed her studies in German and Philosophy CAU Kiel in 2019. In 2020, she was awarded Aenne Liebreich Prize for outstanding theses on issues of social diversity and/or social justice.
Carson Crochet is a student at Davidson College in North Carolina. She is a member of the College Crisis Initiative, Born out of the COVID-19 global pandemic, The College Crisis Initiative (C2i) seeks to learn how colleges and universities innovate in a crisis mindset.
Dr. Christopher R. Marsicano is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Educational Studies at Davidson College. He completed his Ph.D. in higher education policy in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. His research includes higher education policy and finance, politics and public opinion as related to equity in higher education, and civic engagement. His work has been published or featured in peer-reviewed academic journals like Educational Researcher and popular print outlets like the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.
Dr. Uta G. Poiger is Dean of the College of Social Science and Humanities and Professor of History at Northeastern University. With the college’s faculty, staff and students, she works to enhance the college’s and the university’s leadership in Experiential Liberal Arts. As the organization philosophy and integrative educational model of the college, the Experiential Liberal Arts is intertwined with Northeastern’s mission in Humanics. Under her leadership, the college has developed three areas of strategic focus: the intersections of resilience and sustainability; cultural transformations, governance and globalization; and network science, digital humanities and information ethics. Together with Richard Daynard, she led the committee that formulated Northeastern’s new general education curriculum NUpath, implemented in 2016. Dr. Poiger holds a Ph.D. in History from Brown University and an MA in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She began her studies at Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany. Before coming to Northeastern as chair of the History Department in 2011, she taught for sixteen years at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she was the Giovanni and Amne Costigan Endowed Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.